(Closed) Dog training tips needed.

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would not allow them to greet visitors at all!

I would make them both do a sit stay and have the visitor ignore them completely. Then once the dogs are calm and the vistor is situated in the house I would let them calmly greet the guest and allow the guest to give them attention.

This teaches the dogs that being calm gives them attention not fighting to be the most rambunctious.

I hope this helps! 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

No – I would make them sit stay in the same room. So they can see the guests!

We do this with our really hyper active 16month old lab. It allows him to get over the excitement while seeing the visitor and then he knows in order to get attention he has to be calm and sit in front of them politely. If he isn’t calm when he goes and greets them we put him back in the sit stay.

It has been really helpful as he now knows to sit and stay when the doorbell rings. So if it is just a delivery or a salesmen he will stay in the sit stay the whole time and we don’t have to worry about him.

I know this will be a lot harder to train with two dogs but I think it will pay off in the long run! As you know it just takes time and consistency.

The hardest part for us in the beginning was that we wanted it to be quick but we didn’t have that many visitors. So it has taken a LOOOONG time. He still isnt perfect but he is so much better! There is only one person, my Father-In-Law, who he isn’t really good with and that is because my Father-In-Law comes over to walk him sometimes during the day. Thus, Maverick associates Father-In-Law with walking and gets UBER excited!!!! Don’t know how I am ever going to break that one!!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had that same problem with our jealous girls.  DHs mom gave us the PetZoom sonic pet trainer and it is like magic.  What ever “sonic” thing it does they hate it and sit immediately.  We have only had to hit the button twice, usually just waving it at them and they sit or just picking it up off the table.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@roxy821:  Our vet said it was an electronic version of a dog whistle, just gets their attention by making a sound they don’t like.  It was only a few dollars so that makes it cheap enough to give a try.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My obedience instructor taught us to put him on a leash, when we have visitors (a standard 6 foot, NOT the extender ones). Step on the leash but give just enough slack for the dog to comfortsbly sit, stand and lie down (don’t try to pin the dogs). They will try to jump, but will not be able to. This does not hurt them and teaches them to not jump, because, well, they can’t. Also, until they break the jumping habit, instruct everyone in the household and guests to ONLY acknowledge/play with them when they are in a sitting position. They will learn very quickly that it’s the best and quickest way to get affection and attention.  Do make sure, though, that they are getting PLENTY of affection when  sitting, so they know that is what you want of them. You can do this when they are on the leash, also. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can bring your guests into the training as well. Ask that whenever the dogs jump, they turn their backs and not give the dogs any attention until they calm down.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love the suggestion @Future Mrs. Martin gave but that just doesn’t work for our dog at this point.  She is too strong of a personality and her training isn’t there yet for this to work – hopefully in the future it will.  If we do put her in another room, it’s like agony for her.  She barks and cries until she can examine the visitor.  What we do instead is the suggestion that @LittleAmanda gave.  She knows to behave on her leash and if she gets too excited it’s much easier to pull her off someone.  We also have guests take treats and have the dog sit for a treat so she gets that she is not in charge of these new people.  And of course lots of praise for good behavior.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Roe:  

I totally agree. This was helpful with my sweet doggy.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Have the people completely ignore them and turn away if they jump.  You can also have them on leash and step in the leash so they dont jump.  The people can only greet them when they are sitting. You can even give them treats when they accomplish this. 

This was one of the first things the trainer would do with our pup. Teaching them to sit to greet people. 

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